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Siena/Francis House Homeless Shelter

Aug 15, 2018 12:33PM ● By Sponsored Content

Mission statement

The Siena/Francis House welcomes, shelters and empowers individuals experiencing homelessness to navigate their own path to safe and appropriate housing.

Wish List

  • Canned fruits
  • Canned vegetables
  • Cold-weatherclothing (used)
  • Individually wrapped, pre-packaged food items (for sack lunches)
  • Toilet paper
  • Powdered laundry detergent
  • Cooking oil
  • Tennis shoes (for men, all sizes)
  • Tennis shoes (for women, sizes 5 to 8)
  • Salad dressing (all flavors)
  • Razors (for men and women)
  • Shaving cream
  • Bar soap
  • Disinfectant cleaners (e.g. Pine Sol)
  • Styrofoam cups
  • Paper towels
  • Zip-Lock bags (all sizes)
  • Pain relievers
  • Hair brushes
  • Socks (for men)
  • Underwear for men (sizes 28, 30 and 32)
  • Underwear for women (sizes 5 and 6)
  • Work boots (for men)


The Siena/Francis House Homeless Shelter, with six facilities at 17th and Nicholas Streets, is the region’s largest provider of emergency housing for individuals experiencing homelessness. The Siena/Francis House is a community-based, non-denominational, 501 (c)(3), charitable organization, and is not affiliated with any national or “parent” organization.

Brag Lines

The Siena/Francis House has two model emergency shelter facilities which provide safe, clean, and secure housing for its guests.

It is the case that–each and every day of the year–the Siena/Francis House serves more meals and provides more nights of shelter to people experiencing homelessness than all other shelter in the Omaha metropolitan area.

The Siena/Francis House operates Nebraska’s largest residential mental health/chemical addictions treatment program, administered by licensed professionals.

The Siena/Francis House’s Rehousing and Reintegration Services program is administered by licensed mental health and addictions specialists.

The Siena/Francis House Rehousing and Reintegration Services team helps over 100 individuals each month with veterans benefits, Social Security assistance, education assistance, domestic violence matters, transportation, and obtaining identification.

The Siena/Francis House has developed a vast network of suppliers who donate the food to enable them to provide over 420,000 meals in 2018.

Pay it Forward

The Siena/Francis House provides basic human services of emergency shelter, food and clothing at no cost to homeless individuals requesting assistance. As such, Siena/Francis House relies primarily on the generosity of the community for operational expenses. Having sufficient supplies is crucial. For example, each month they need 2,600 rolls of toilet paper and enough soap for 5,760 loads of laundry.

Siena/Francis House Homeless Shelter

1702 Nicholas St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-1821

The Big Give was published in the September/October 2018 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.